Everyone Meet Lauren!

Y’all, I’m so excited to introduce our new intern Lauren!

Lauren is a 21 year old Knoxville native. She is currently working as a nanny and dance teacher at a non-profit studio here in Knoxville. Lauren has a few years experience helping plan events and is also in school to be an EKG tech. After her best friend got married, she decided to venture out into the event world. She loved the behind the scenes process of wedding planning and hopes to use her experience and love of planning to help brides have a carefree day. Lauren is passionate about people and loves getting to interact with, help and serve others.

That passion is going to make her a fabulous intern and hopefully second coordinator in the months to come! A little birdie also told me she has excellent taste and is very creative so we can’t wait to showcase her work. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see it.

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Kelsey & Marshall’s Zoo Knoxville Wedding

I promised I would finally share photos from all my bestie’s 2016 weddings and I’m kicking it off with Kelsey and Marshall! Their May wedding at Zoo Knoxville was every bit of fun as you’re imagining. Ceremony by the gorillas, cocktail hour by the elephants and the reception had a carousel. It was a blast!

Kelsey and Marshall assembled a top-notch team of vendors starting with the amazingly talented A&M Cunningham Photography. Alison and Mark’s ability to capture a couple’s true spirit is remarkable! They captured their carefree spirit and love for each other and the true beauty of their day.

Venue: Zoo Knoxville

Photographer: A&M Cunningham Photography

Florist: H & H Botanicals/ Liz Horton

Hair: Claudia Nicole
This recap couldn’t come at a better time in life. My sweet bestie Kels was diagnosed with colon cancer just a few short weeks ago and to say it was a shock would be the understatement of the year. One thing we’ve talked about, though, is “cancer” does not define who you are. These images are a beautiful reminder of the vibrant young woman I’ve had the pleasure of doing life with for the last 8 years is. If these photos do anything for you, may they show you just how many people are in your corner as you fight.

2016 in Review

Y’all, this year was crazy. Every year I think I can plan for what’s to come, but at the end of every year I sit back and think, “Wow, I didn’t expect any of that to happen.” I feel like I blinked and here we are starting a new year and our 4th wedding season as Z Studio Events!

Some highlights from 2016: I did a styled shoot…or 3 🙂 And I even got published a handful of times! Woot woot! Styled shoots are hard work and there is seriously nothing better than having someone recognize that hard work by saying, “Hey, I love what you did and want to put it on my website/blog/social media.” It was humbling and was a confirmation that I’m doing what I love and it shows in my work. I’m ready to push myself even further this year in my styling and design work.

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One of my favorite shoots from 2016 at Honey Creek Farms. Photo taken by Amanda May Photos. Featured on Borrowed & Blue July 2016.

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Photo by Amanda May Photos. Featured on Borrowed & Blue July 2016.

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Photo taken by Amanda May Photos at Honey Creek Farms. Featured on Borrowed & Blue July 2016.

Highlight #2: My best friends got married. I had the pleasure of standing beside 3 of my closest friends throughout the year as they married their soul mates. I will try my hardest to post recaps of ALL their weddings so you can see how stinkin gorgeous each of them were.

Highlight #3: We got busy. 2016 was definitely busier than the previous year, and 2017 is already gearing up to be busier than 2016. It is once again so very humbling. Every time a bride chooses to work with me, I do a happy dance. It’s not because I don’t trust myself or don’t think they should hire me, it’s because I’m excited I get the chance to make one more bride’s day a little less hectic. She trusts me to help her make her day so incredibly special and I don’t take that lightly.

Highlight #4: Last but definitely not the least highlight goes to all the vendors and couples I had the privilege of working with in 2016. To name a few: thank you Polly and Jay at Honey Creek Farms for another great season. We took a chance together in the spring of 2014 and look where we are now. Thank you for trusting me with your sweet couples. Colleen with Unique Settings Knoxville, you are the bomb. You are literally the most supportive person in the Knoxville wedding industry. Seriously. I don’t think you know the impact you had on me this past year. I not only admire your business, I admire you. All the photographers I had the privilege of working with on both a personal and professional level, I thank you. I couldn’t do what I do without y’all Amanda May Photos, Michelle Leah Photography, Blush Creative Photography, Britnell Photography, and Lady ‘Bach Photography. To all the other vendors (Anderson Party Rentals and All Occasion Party Rentals, The Bride Link, and so so many others in all different categories) thanks for your passion and hard work. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in 2017!

I hope to get the chance to focus more on my social media presence and grow that aspect of my business in 2017. I also hope to devote more time to this blog!! I’m so sorry I haven’t made that a priority. I will be exploring options to make sure that happens, and I’ve also got some other exciting things up my sleeve and major projects in the beginning stages. Be on the lookout for more shoots (sorry sweet hubby of mine) and more inspiration from us in 2017!

Christmas Mini Sessions with Britnell Photography 


I’m so excited to be partnering with Britnell Photography for Christmas mini sessions! I’m even more excited that $50 from each session will go directly to the Robinson family’s adoption fund. You can read a little more about them below. To schedule your session, email me at morgan@zstudioevents.com. The 15 minute sessions will take place Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At White Pine Acres Christmas Tree Farm. See ya there!

Dylan Robinson & Suzanne Holbrook were married last May, and five months after the wedding they started the adoption process with a little boy in Ethiopia. They are so excited to meet him and bring him home! The Robinsons have a large portion of the adoption cost to raise through fundraisers. They are so blessed by everyone’s eagerness to help bring this boy home!

Meet Morgan!

Y’all I’m so excited to introduce you to Z Studio’s first intern Morgan! Get to know her below, and be sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to see everything we get into this year.

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Hi everyone! My name is Morgan Orlando and I am the newest addition to Z Studio Events…how exciting? I’m so thrilled for what I will come to learn with my time spent with Z Studio Events! Since I will be around for a little while, we figured it might be a good idea to tell everyone a little bit more about me!

To start, I am a junior at the University of Tennessee (and in denial about it). I have always known event planning was a path I wanted to head towards. That’s why one of my two minors is communication studies, which focuses on event planning. I will graduate with a major in public relations and also a business minor. I have high hopes of eventually having my own event planning company.

Over summer, I got to participate in an event planning internship where I worked weddings and planned my very own event for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House. Aside from that experience, I also have been a VS PINK campus rep at UT for two years now. With that position, I get to host events for PINK. We have a huge active wear launch event coming up in October and I am SO excited to see how it goes.

Of course I love to spend my extra time on Pinterest planning non-existent events. You bet I also have a wedding board that will be reconstructed after every wedding season and trend, until I actually get married (not anytime soon, mom). I think that’s why I am so excited to be in the wedding industry. Though I am not having my fairy tale moment anytime soon, I get to participate in the fairy tale moments of others. Who else gets to do that for a job?

I can’t wait to start this learning experience and I hope that you will follow along side with Z Studio Events as we take on the best year yet!

Charlie & Brent’s Honey Creek Farms Wedding

Charlie & Brent’s wedding was a true Southern, family affair with Christ at the center of everything they did. Charlie’s mom handled most of the decor – mismatched china and babies breath accented with light pink roses. It was light, … Continue reading

Hiring a Wedding Coordinator Can Save You Money

I’ve always been involved in event planning. I love it: watching all the details come together, working with all the vendors to achieve something, tackling problems as they arrive, and oddly enough I love cleaning up and breaking everything down … Continue reading

We’ve been published!

We’re thrilled to be featured on two separate blogs! What a dream come true!

Check out our country glam/farmhouse wedding shoot on Borrowed & Blue and The Daily Wedding!

Amanda with Amanda May Photos (seriously one of my favorite photographers to work with!) came over last night so we could shoot a gorgeous tablescape. Hopefully I’ll have more publication news soon 🙂

Don’t Be Afraid of Flowers!

Not only have I seen a big debate on DJs or do-it-yourself music playlists, but I’ve seen a surge in brides asking where to find flowers cheap, or should they just use fake. If at all possible, avoid fake flowers! They don’t photograph as well as real. So what are some other ways to cut down on costs? After a great meeting with a bride and Melissa Timm Designs, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

First, it all starts with a great florist. Find someone in your area who 1) knows her flowers and 2) is good about working with a budget. Your florist should be knowledgeable about what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, and what flowers can be used if you’re wanting to stay in a specific color range. They’ll be able to use this info to help keep you in budget, but also achieve a final look you’ll love.

Second, start big and work your way back. In your first meeting with your florist, go over your “perfect world” scenario. Start planning without the budget, and include the most expensive flowers to achieve the look you want. See how far off you are from the budget and scale back from there.

Third, don’t be afraid to mix and match! Not all the tables have to look the same and you don’t have to use large floral centerpieces at every table. Maybe pick two looks: one floral arrangement and one non. The non-floral arrangement could be lanterns, a stack of vintage books with rose petals scattered around, or something else. This will help the budget so much!

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You can use lanterns with LED candles as a great centerpiece alternative to a large floral arrangement. (Image from Wedding Stuff Ideas Blog)

Lastly, REUSE! Are you lining the aisle with floral arrangements? Have your wedding coordinator move them to reception tables after the ceremony. You can also use your bridesmaid’s bouquets as centerpieces or accent pieces on the gift or cake table.

DJ or No?

I’ve seen a lot of brides asking recently if they should stretch their budgets to book a DJ. Is it worth the cost or should they just create a playlist? My answer: ABSOLUTELY!!

There are quite a few pros of having a DJ.

1. They keep the party going.
When you have a DJ, they can take requests from guests and get everyone hype and on the dance floor. They can make sure to avoid any silent moments or awkward pauses. I attended a wedding once that had a playlist on an iPod. One recurring issue was when guests wanted to hear specific songs. They would scroll through the iPod until they found something that sounded good and then press play. This whole time, though, guests would be standing around in silence, waiting for something to start playing. Your DJ can avoid that. Almost 3 years later, one of the biggest compliments I get is about our DJ. I’ve had 2 brides book him this year solely based on his performance at my wedding and his ability to keep the party alive.

2. They handle the timing of the evening.
DJs will work with your wedding coordinator to announce when it’s time to cut the cake, toss the bridal bouquet and garter, etc. They’ll keep the evening flowing so you don’t have to worry about what’s coming next and keep checking the time so you can cut the cake. Enjoy your evening!

3. They won’t repeat songs.
When you create a playlist, what’s the correct number of songs to insure you will get through them all without starting over again? What if you never make it to the song you chose for your final dance? Trust me. Leave it to the pros. Your DJ will schedule a meeting with you before your big day to pick out your must-haves and your list of no-nos. For example, my DJ knew we absolutely didn’t want to hear the Electric Slide but I HAD to hear Love on Top by Bey before the party ended. He made sure to work it in before our final dance to The Time of My Life.

4. Professional DJ means professional equipment.
I remember one wedding I attended did a playlist. They rented one speaker and had an iPod hooked up to it. The issue: the dance floor was the tennis court and that one speaker didn’t project the music loud enough for that large of a space. Your DJ will know how many speakers will be needed for your space to make the music sound just right, and they will bring any other equipment that might be needed. If any equipment malfunctions, they’ll know how to fix it and make sure your party isn’t interrupted.

5. Just because you don’t want to dance, your guests will probably want to.
You will be told multiple times during the planning process that this is your wedding and you can do whatever you want. Although that’s true, you have to keep in mind your guests when planning certain aspects. All of them are there for one big reason: to celebrate with you and your new spouse! They want to talk with you and have a great time! You might not be a big dancer, but your guests might be and they may be expecting a party. If you are set on not having a DJ or some sort of entertainment, maybe consider moving your ceremony and reception time to earlier in the day or evening.

If you’re still worried about how to fit a DJ into your budget, consult with a local wedding planner. Chances are good they will have a list of DJs in your area to work with every budget. If you’re in Knoxville, I offer $50/hour consultations. We can meet and discuss vendors that fit your budget!

Check out Style Me Pretty’s blog post on 2016 Wedding Music Trends. Happy planning!